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electric Starter busted

Hello all. I've got a 1979 Ariens 924036 (5HP Tec) machine.
I don't have a garage, so it sits out in the cold, and usually take me a while to coax it to start. The electric starter crapped out this morning.
When I push the start button I can hear a "click" in the switch, but the starter motor doesn't move. It's been working fine otherwise since I've had it. I thought it might be something like a car starter when it won't move so I tapped it with a stick, but that made no difference.

Is there anything I should do, short of replacing the whole starter unit?

Thanks in advance

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Try tapping with a hammer. If that doesn't do it, time for a new starter. Their around $40 used on Ebay.




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Thanks for the advice. I was only able to find 1 on ebay that was used, and it looked like it was in sad shape to begin with. (Being off a 35 year old blower, I guess I shouldn't expect anything amazing).
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Hey. Take the starter off and see if you can manually get the starter drive rotated a bit. Then lightly lube the shaft. I've had them stopl working before and sometimes with a little tinkering you can get them going for a little longer. Plug it in whole off the blower and let it free run for a few seconds.

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Hello all. I've got a 1979 Ariens 924036 (5HP Tec) machine.
I don't have a garage, so it sits out in the cold, and usually take me a while to coax it to start. The electric starter crapped out this morning.
When I push the start button I can hear a "click" in the switch, but the starter motor doesn't move. It's been working fine otherwise since I've had it. I thought it might be something like a car starter when it won't move so I tapped it with a stick, but that made no difference.

Is there anything I should do, short of replacing the whole starter unit?

Thanks in advance

Andy
Have you made sure the outlet it's going to has power? I only ask because mine was working just fine, then I tried it this weekend and heard the click sound, but nothing else. Turned out I had tripped the breaker. I reset the breaker and it started up just fine.
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Don't spend good money. take the starter off of your machine. Get a good rust buster, NOT WD-40 that's a lubricant....try Pb blaster at auto parts store. spray the gear and shaft. when the starter works properly the gear slides down the shaft to mash with your flywheel. soak the gear and shaft....let it sit for awhile...use a screwdriver to see if you can help it slide down the shaft. Don't force it too much, you will break the starter housing. Once you have it free, try it in any 110 outlet, the gear should fly down the shaft...when you think you have it ready...reinstall...be Happy
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Not trying to hijack this thread -- will a starter from a 8 HP Tecumseh take the place of this 5 HP starter?
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Gsnod, I have no idea about that. There is probably a difference in tooth count/configuration but I really don't know.

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Not trying to hijack this thread -- will a starter from a 8 HP Tecumseh take the place of this 5 HP starter?
No their different.




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Not sure if this is relevant, but the starter was working (cranking over the engine) for about 5-10 minutes before it quit. So I was cranking over and over, and it was just getting started, but then I hit the button, and "click" nothing...
I checked the panel and the breaker was not tripped.
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